Musing about law, books, and politics

Crossing the Line into Totalitarianism

On Fox News, Trump said this about Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: “She wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy. She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn’t hang it. It look a year-and-a-half, two years to get the picture up. Read more…


Trump doesn’t have to tell someone directly, “Let’s do some extorting,” for him to be found guilty.

Did President Donald Trump abuse his power when he pressured Ukraine into announcing investigations that would benefit him personally? This, in a nutshell, is the question at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. Click here to continue reading my latest NBC News Op-Ed Read more…


Sondland Drops a Few Bombshells

Sondland started Wednesday’s impeachment hearing by dropping a few bombshells. It got more interesting from there. There was much speculation ahead of today’s hearing. What would Sondland do after the testimony he gave in his deposition had been contradicted by Read more…


This is to let my subscribers know . . .

. . . that for the past two weeks, my email notification hasn’t been working properly. The problem is now solved. Apparently, the site was hacked and the host shut down my emails to prevent spam going out to my Read more…


The Jennifer Williams Deposition

In April of 2019, after 14 years in foreign service in the State Dept, Williams was detailed to the Office of the Vice President as a special advisor on the foreign policy team. Williams closely followed events in Ukraine and Read more…


Tim Morrison Deposition

It’s easy to see why the GOP wanted Morrison as a witness. He said things that support some of the GOP defenses. He also offered testimony that contradicted those same defenses. Fiona Hill was replaced by Tim Morrison, who’d never Read more…


Maria Yovanovitch’s Testimony

We learn today that American democratic institutions are alive and well—and that Donald Trump is running out of defenses.  In fact, each time the GOP tries out a defense, along comes some new evidence that obliterates that defense.  For example, Read more…


Thoughts on the Impeachment Inquiry so Far

Trump is losing control of the narrative Kellyanne Conway did what Asha Rangappa called a word salad on CNN. Kellyanne talked rapidly, throwing out a mishmash of untruths. For example, she cited the White House counsel’s letter even though a Read more…


Notes on Laura Cooper’s deposition

Laura Cooper is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Mostly she talked about the withholding of aid to Ukraine. She also obliterated a few of the GOP talking points. She testified that the security aid Read more…


Christopher Anderson’s deposition: Control through Corruption

Anderson is a career foreign service officer who served as Special Advisor for Ukraine Negotiations until July 12, 2019 (a pre-scheduled departure date) Nov. 25, 2018: After Russia seized Ukrainian military vessels in the Sea of Azov, the State Department Read more…